The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg and William Burroughs

Thirteen/WNET's award-winning biography series AMERICAN MASTERS profiles Allen Ginsberg (pictured left), the visionary poet who inspired the Beat Generation with the rage and compassion of his poems "Howl" and "Kaddish. " Premiering Wednesday. September 17 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings), The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg takes a one-hour look at the last 50 years through Ginsberg's penetrating eye. Interviews include a variety of friends and family: including the late William F. Burroughs (pictured right with Ginsberg); Timothy Leary; Abbie Hoffman; and artists, and writers such as Norman Mailer and Joan Baez.

(Photo credit: left: Christopher Felver/Archive Photos; right: Jerry Aronson).